COTW - Yankee Mandarin Cranberry

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As I'm sat here with my Mandarin Cranberry burning and the gorgeous warm, fruity smell fills the room I'm thinking, I need to share my love of my Candle Of The Week! So I thought I'd do a lil post for you:)

Yankee describes this candle as "Bursting with the vibrant, fruity sensation of sweet oranges and crisp, tangy cranberries." 

I think this is a pretty fair description of this scent, it is definitely a sweet smell which I love but fruity also, so its not sickly sweet like a lot of their candles, this one is gorgeous. Its so warm and comforting and not at all overpowering, it's such a nice blend of sweet and fruity. It reminds me of Yankee's black cherry scent but a lot warmer and calming. I would be very surprised if I could find someone who doesn't like this scent, I think this one is one for everyone!. Mandarin Cranberry is definitely in my top 5 all time favourite candle's I would say, it's one that I will always love any time of the year. I really recommend you check this candle out if you haven't already! 

At the moment Yankee have a huge sale on their website with up to 50% off! Also you can pick up Yankee products at great prices on Amazon, I think I got this for around £12 on Amazon which is a bargain for a Large Jar usually costing £19.99.
Have you tried this scent before? What's your COTW?

January Favourites

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It's the end of the month and this can only mean one thing, favourites time!
I've rummaged through my drawers and compiled all the things I have been OBSESSED with this month and ended up with this lovely lot. We have a lot to get through and this post is already going to be a long one so lets get started :)


Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: I'm going to start with the fragrance I have been loving this month. This perfume has a very fresh, floral girly scent to it which I have been all about this month. I chose this one because it is one of the more modern scented fragrances from Chanel. It is a lot fresher than the very popular, hyped up Coco Mademoiselle that I seem to get a whiff of every other person I walk past! (I still love this though) Many people have commented on my fragrance this month and complimented me, thanks Chanel!
100ml £73.50, boots.com



La Roche-Posay Effaclar Skincare: All this month and the end of December I have switched my skincare up and been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, Effaclar Duo & Effaclar A.I. as my main go to products in my daily routine. Iv never had really oily/spotty skin but I do get the odd spot or two! Before I used these products my skin had been playing up so I tried the Liz Earle range and that surprisingly didn't help at all,  which was a bit of a bummer after hearing all the great things Liz Earle had done for thousands of others. Anyway I then moved onto this range and it has cleared my skin up so well, I love these products so much! The redness,oiliness and imperfections on my face have really reduced since using these babies. I'm not saying my skin is now perfect and spot free, but it is a lot clearer than before. I'm not going to write too much because I may do a separate post on my skincare routine, but if your looking for some new products to help with your troubled/oily/acne prone skin then please go and try the Effaclar products from La Roche-Posay, before you spend a fortune on overly priced competitors. 
£7-£10 boots.com


The Real Techniques Eye Starter Kit: I've already wrote a post about these brushes so I'm not going to go into too much detail, but these brushes have definitely been a favourite this month and will for many more to come. This is the perfect kit if you are just starting out and wanting to explore the wonderful world of make-up, or if your just wanting to add to your collection. You can use this kit everyday and not need anything else if you wanted. If you want to read more about this kit then please check out my post on them!:)
£21.99, boots.com


The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette: Oh boy I don't even know where to start with this palette! Wow! Following on from the Vice Palette, this is a very welcomed piece in my collection. This palette contains 20 all new, gorgeous draw dropping shades perfect for anyone wanting to have fun with their eye shadow and add a lil colour to their eyes. Of course the quality of these shades are up there with the rest of the UD eye shadows, they give amazing colour pay-off, last all day and are a delight to work with. I just want to play with this all day long! The right hand photo shows my faves from the palette! :) 
From the top going right we have Derailed, Ambush, Poison, Strike
Then the bottom Radar, Dope, Toxic and Stash
£42 (now £33.60! beautybay.com)


Soap and Glory Scrub of Your Life & Heel Genius: These 2 are my most loved products from my Yule Monty set. I have been loving these this month, its the first time I've used the Scrub of Your Life and I'm not even sure if it is a wash or an exfoliator (can anyone help me?) I think it could be a wash as well as an exfoliant but I've been using it after my cleanser and it leaves me so silky smooth and smells great too! I have especially been loving the Heel Genius though. I'm on my feet a lot of the time and tend to get really gross, really dry disgusting heels very quickly. Since using this cream, I HAVE HUMAN FEET AGAIN! You just rub your feet with it, pop some cotton socks on and go to sleep then in the morning your left with gorgeous soft feet, no dryness to be seen, its a miracle!
£5.50-£7, boots.com


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: This is a highly raved about, holy grail product upon fellow beauty bloggers and for good reason too! (You deserve a pat on the back if you are still reading this post and have made it this far!) this concealer is the one to get, it's amazingly priced and really does the job, IT CONCEALS! it's long lasting and doesn't dry the skin, its everything you would want in a concealer. If you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years and don't know about this little beauty then you need to hit the shops and pick up this bad boy!
£4.19, boots.com




Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in Rosetto 16: This lipstick has been my staple lipstick this past month, the colour is so gorgeous and girly and uplifting. I love all of Kate's lasting finish Rimmel lipsticks, they apply so easily and even, they don't dry your lips like a lot of lipsticks. I find the Topshop lipsticks really dry my lips and look so bad, but these lipsticks keep the moisture in. 
£5.49, boots.com

Under £5, boots
Doughnut Ring: This is a lil bit of a random one but I have been obsessed with this thing this month! These lil gifts from God perfect your bun with minimal effort needed. I find using one of these is even easier than just putting a scruffy bun in (you know what I'm talking about, the one we do when lazing around in our pjs scoffing ice cream) I love to do 3 plaits with the hair left over and wrap them round so it gives you a really pretty bun in less than 5 mins! I may do a tutorial on this if anyone's interested.  

£12, boots.com

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot: Ok, so I'm kinda cheating with this one. I have only used this a couple of times but I'm still very excited by this. I needed a powder that set my foundation and wouldn't alter the colour of my face and I stumbled across this one whilst watching Essie Button. She always looks gorgeous and her skin so fresh so I picked up one for myself. I've only used it a couple of times but I'm impressed so far. Its a little lighter coverage than I'm used to and I find you have to re apply every 4/5 hours, but overall I'm still excited to continue using this one!


Well that's it, that's my January wrapped up in a beauty shaped nutshell for you all! Thank you so much if you have got this far:) I'm only just starting out so if you have any tips for me or ways to improve, then please don't hesitate to leave me a comment and tell me. It would be great to read your comments on my posts and also feel free to leave a link to your page for me to have a look at! Looking forward to seeing what February shall bring us.

Real Techniques Eye Starter Kit

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Ok so this is my first blog post, welcome if your reading!:D So my first post should probably be about who I am, what my blog is about and all that boring stuff!! Well no,  I'm just gunna go straight in and talk about the Real Techniques Starter Set 1406 (as you most likely already know I'm talking about "the eye kit") Samantha Chapman has hit the ball out of the park with this one (no surprise there). I love all Real Technique brushes and I have the other individual brushes, but this is the first kit I bought and I'm very impressed! The brushes are made from handmade synthetic taklon bristles that are beautiful to touch, I could just sit and stroke my face with them all day because they are that soft! (or I'm a lil strange) They are widely available in the UK, you can pick them up on the high street from Boots or Superdrug and many sites online.





Before I go into detail about the individual brushes, I want to talk about the case they come in. I love that the brushes come in a travel case, I think its so handy! not only does it have the little holders for the individual eye brushes, you have sections for your other brushes! This really is a great little case for travelling you've got all your eye brushes so you don't have to pick just a couple and make do, you have room for foundation/powder/blush brushes etc. and it looks great, it feels sturdy, I just love this product so much and we haven't even got started on the brushes yet!



So before I write a whole page on the blimming case lets get started on the brushes, so first I'm going to talk about the Base Shadow Brush. Of course this brush is so soooo soft. like all RT brushes. before I got this one I was using the separate shading brush you can buy, for my base shadow which I think is great btw! The base shadow brush is great for sweeping on your shadow evenly and creating that all important base. it also allows you to really pack on and build up that colour when you want to. This brush is a flat tapered brush and is also a very handy brush for applying concealer and getting right into those tricky spots! I haven't noticed any harshness or shedding with this brush at all, what more could you ask for?
 
The next brush is the Deluxe Crease Brush and let me just tell you know, This is my favourite in the set, it is perfect! So soft, so fluffy and the perfect shape to get into that crease and let you blend blend blend till your little heart is content! I don't know what else to say, its perfect, I am in love.



Then we get to the Accent Brush. this is a great little brush and very versatile. I like to use this to add a lil highlight to the inner corner and brow bone. I also use it to put a little colour where my shadows are joining on the lid, just to help blend it, it is a great lil brush for this! you can also use it to add colour to your lower lid along the waterline, to define your eyes and give that sexy smouldering look!


Then there's the Pixel Perfect Eyeliner Brush. I don't usually really use an eyeliner brush so I can't comment on that because iv never used it for that, but this brush is also great for highlighting the inner corner and applying small amounts of colour for extra detail just to add those final touches.



Last but not least is the Brow Brush. The brow brush is great for defining your brows with some powder, its beautiful, soft and a pleasure to work with. I would say that the Mac eyebrow brushes have a great range of sizes though so maybe more helpful giving you that real precision some crave out of an eyebrow brush. This is perfect for a natural everyday eyebrow look though because of the soft bristles. It would also make a great lip brush. I do love to use this brush for adding colour to my lower lid under the water line as well, as it covers a greater area horizontally than the accent brush.



So before I ramble on any further with my rubbishy descriptions that probably only I can understand and get what I'm talking about, I should wrap this thing up. All in all this is a handy lil set to have. They are high quality, soft, beautiful brushes that really live up to the hype. Amazing value!:O you can pick up this set online for under £20 which is pretty mind blowing when thinking about the quality/versatility of these babies. I really hope to see more brushes in the future. Well done Sam!

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